Handbook of Learning Analytics

Chapter 18

Learning Analytics and Learning at Scale

Justin Reich


Learning at scale -- an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of learning science and computer science -- investigates learning environments with many, many learners and few experts to guide them. In recent decades, new large-scale learning environments have been announced with much fanfare about their potential to transform or “disrupt” traditional systems of formal schooling. This disruption has not occurred. Rather, new technologies are put to use in limited ways in specific niches of the existing education system, and the growth in their adoption is more steady and linear than abrupt or exponential. Though the societal impact of learning at scale has been uneven and incremental, the best hope for making the most of new large-scale technologies is through a continuous process of research and improvement.

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